What Do Interior Designers Do?

Listen

First and foremost, a Designers job is helping clients obtain the ideal environment for their circumstances. Interior designers draft project timelines and estimate costs, place orders for materials, and oversee the installation of design elements. In order to do that they need to meet with clients and listen to their vision and needs for their space. Do you want a farmhouse kitchen? They will make it happen. Are you not sure what you want? They can present ideas and options for your space. To be successful, our designers must be capable and confident when meeting with clients to assess the needs for a project, such as planning the desired design, costs, architectural issues, furnishings, layouts, or color coordination.

Design

Once our Designers have collaborated with their clients on their dream design, our Designers get to work designing the space in 3D. This is a critical step in our Design process as it helps our clients see exactly what their space will look like before it goes into build. This way if changes need to be made, it will save our clients’ money, time, and headaches!

Selections

Now that the Design is approved and ready, it is time to make selections. The selection process can be overwhelming. However, our Designers make the selection process easy by presenting options based on the client’s style, taste, and needs. From light fixtures to cabinet hardware, our Designers know what’s trending and what will work within your budget.

Build

Designers must be familiar with building codes, local regulations, and universal accessibility standards. They work with builders to define permanent aspects of a space, such as the room size and wall or window placement. During build, our Designers are communicating with contractors, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and according to plan. At project completion, they follow up with clients to ensure their satisfaction.

There you have it! A day in the life of our Kitchen/Bathroom Designers. Want to learn more or thinking about designing and building your dream space? Just looking to buy cabinets or a bathroom vanity? Come stop by our Design Studio at 779 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. Want to see some of our completed projects? Follow us on our social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz!

Are you getting ready to start the kitchen remodel process this spring/summer? Are you finding yourself frustrated sorting through all the cabinetry options out there? When it comes to shopping for kitchen cabinets, the process can feel overwhelming. That is why our Kitchen Designers picked out their favorite brands to share with you! Each of these lines can be customized to fit your style and needs. From door style, to finish to organizational drawers, each cabinet will be perfectly measured, delivered, and installed in your home by the Emily’s Interiors Design & Build team. Check out these three unique lines of cabinetry that would be the perfect addition to your home.

Medallion Cabinetry

Medallion Cabinetry reiterates that your home should reflect you. Medallion’s exquisite line of cabinetry lets no details go unnoticed, from floor to ceiling cabinetry, to custom finishes that add your personal flair. Like the other cabinet lines mentioned below, Medallion builds products that last, selecting and constructing cabinets and accessories with the right materials, and produce products in facilities that are designed to generate as little waste as possible. No matter what your style is, Medallion is sure to have the perfect cabinet for you.

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry      

Our newest line of cabinetry at the Design Studio is Plain & Fancy cabinetry. Each cabinet is built by hand, one by one. Whether its traditional, contemporary or a blend of the two Plain & Fancy concentrates on the finer details that go into creating a signature look for your home. Colors, textures, and various materials result in an infinite collection of finishes. Imagine your cabinetry with the latest interior conveniences. LED lighting brightens any task, while rollout shelves, pantry solutions and multiple corner options bring everything into reach.

Design-Craft  

Another great cabinet line is Design-Craft. Designed with stainability in mind–Design-Craft’s lifetime durability and space-saving frameless construction require less material, preserving more natural resources. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional, farmhouse or modern, Design-Craft has you covered with the best cabinet options for your home.

Now that you know all our Kitchen Designers favorite cabinetry lines, it’s time to shop! First step? Head over to our Design Studio to discuss the kitchen of your dreams. Once you share your thoughts and ideas, our Kitchen Designers will draw up your anticipated Kitchen Design in 3D so that you are able to approve of the design. Once the design is approved, our build team gets started on building the kitchen of your dreams. It’s that easy.

Ready to get started? Visit us at 779 Hartford Turnpike in Shrewsbury, MA! Not ready to commit quite yet? Follow our social media pages to see some of our projects. You can follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Houzz.

Get tips on how to find the right cabinetry for your remodel.

Cabinets are the backbone of the kitchen. When it comes to configuring the cabinetry, you must take size, floor plan, style and more into consideration. Designing and selecting cabinetry may seem overwhelming, which is why Emily’s Interiors Kitchen Designers are here to help guide you through this process!

Design

When it comes to choosing cabinets, working with a professional to ensure the cabinets you desire fit your space is most important. At our Design Studio, our Kitchen Designers measure your space, listen to your design ideas and visions, then design your space in 3D so that your are able to see exactly what the cabinets will look like prior to them being installed. This way the cabinets fit the space precisely and you are not surprised at what they look like in your area once they are installed!

Style

We believe in the trend-resistant kitchen cabinet—something that will remain timeless and ensure you will not want to start fresh every few years. These are the most popular six cabinet styles: glass-front, Shaker-style, beadboard, flat-front, plywood, and natural (that is, unfinished) wood. (Stay tuned as we dive into each cabinet style in our next blog.)

Function

Our Designers don’t just want you to have beautiful cabinetry they also want to make sure that your cabinets are fully functional for you and your family. That is why we offer tons of storage options, soft-close on drawers, and even extra add ons such as charging drawers for your electronics.

Hardware

Don’t forget about hardware! Hardware adds the finishing touch to your cabinetry and brings the entire design together. Whether its brass, chrome, nickel, aged bronze, you name it, we have it at our Design Studio so that you are able to see your selection in person.

Ready to get started? Call or stop by our Design Studio. Our Kitchen Designers are there every step of the way on your journey to new cabinetry! Want to see some of our completed cabinet projects for our clients? Follow us on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram and Facebook.

In honor of our newest cabinet line, Plain & Fancy Cabinetry being completely customizable to fit your space, finish and organizational needs. We thought we would share our favorite ways that our clients have customized their cabinetry to improve the functionality and organization in their kitchen!

Charging Drawers

One of those things you will ask yourself how you lived without. This video has over 330,000 views on our Pinterest page and we think it’s well worth the hype! Having one of these convenient charging drawers with the USB charging port inside the drawers eliminate having all those pesky cords on the counter. Having a charging drawer also helps from losing your charger, which we are all guilty of from time to time.

Pots & Pans

An exceedingly popular drawer among our clients, the pots & pans drawer. This drawer comes with movable pegs, so your pans do not slip and slide all over the place. Also the perfect place for plates!

Island Storage

Who does not love a kitchen island? Now more than ever our Kitchen Designers are creating even more storage space within our clients’ islands. For example, we usually advise microwave storage, beverage refrigerator, dishwasher, and drawers if the size of our client’s kitchen island allows it! Leaving our clients with more cabinet space throughout their entire kitchen.

Snack Storage

Objectively one of the most important types of storage in the kitchen is the snack drawer or a kitchen pantry! Our Kitchen Designers offer tons of options for how to conveniently store food. Pull out drawers in your pantry or cabinets are a great option for convenience, just give them a quick pull and you can see everything your kitchen has to offer.

Got a storage idea we missed? Looking to amplify the storage in your kitchen? Tag us in your pictures (@emilysinteriorsinc). You can find more kitchen storage options on our Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Houzz pages.   

Here at Emily’s Interiors, we always have something exciting going on. As you know, Emily’s Interiors designs and sells cabinets. Today, we officially announced that we have become a Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry distributor! We now offer three cabinet lines and Plain & Fancy is the first one that is completely custom. Want to learn more about this cabinet line? Here are a few facts about our newest partner:

About Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry

Plain & Fancy is a family-owned cabinet company that was founded in 1968. They celebrated 50 years in business in 2018! The company prides itself on its completely customizable cabinetry, which is finished by hand, one by one! Colors, textures, and various materials result in an infinite collection of finishes!

Custom Cabinetry

From traditional to modern, these cabinets are made especially for you and your home. Think of your cabinet as a blank canvas, sanding is the first and most important step. Every component of the cabinet is meticulously sanded by hand and prepared for finish. Through hand craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology, Plain & Fancy then creates a finish, and each cabinet is finished individually, to ensure a durable and beautiful end result. To create a custom cabinet that lasts, Plain & Fancy installs soft close doors and drawers as well as functional storage like lazy susans, dividers, pullouts, and waste baskets.

Accessories

Imagine your cabinetry with the latest interior conveniences. LED lighting brightens any task, while rollout shelves, pantry solutions and multiple corner options bring everything into reach. Accessibility has never looked so good!

Delivery

Every cabinet is individually wrapped and receives a final quality check. To ensure safe and on-time delivery, Plain & Fancy uses its own trucks and drivers.

How Do I Get Plain & Fancy Cabinets Customized for My Home?

We are so glad you asked! Visit our Design Studio at 779 Hartford Turnpike in Shrewsbury, MA and our Kitchen Designers will discuss your Kitchen remodeling dreams, create your space in 3D, get your approval and get those cabinets ordered and installed, it’s that easy! Here is an example of a Kitchen we recently designed using Plain & Fancy Cabinets – we can’t wait to show you the end result! Looking for more information on our Plain & Fancy cabinet line? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Houzz, LinkedIn & Pinterest!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home and wish there was something you could do about it?  We’ve got you covered. Here at Emily’s Interiors, our storage options are endless.

Kitchen Storage

We offer a multitude of styles to go with all of our storage options. Our farmhouse style display comes with hidden cabinets that can be used to store a trash bin, snacks, pans and cutting boards and more! Love the look of an island? Islands are the perfect way to optimize storage since they have discrete built in cabinets all while being great for hosting. Who doesn’t need extra kitchen storage? Once you have more storage space, cooking and cleaning becomes much easier.

Office Kitchen

If you feel you don’t have a perfect place to put your home office, why not make it an extension of the kitchen? The design by Emily’s Interiors gave our client extra kitchen cabinets for their kitchen while adding a few drawers and more for the office space. There’s even a wine rack above the desk for those extra long work from home days!

Custom Cabinet Built-Ins

This is our specialty! We can build cabinets into the wall so it doesn’t feel like it’s taking up too much space and making your rooms smaller. We make sure that these built-ins fit your space perfectly and maximize your storage space. These are perfect for kitchens, family rooms and more.

Custom Vanities

 Your dream bathroom is calling. Ready to pick up? These custom vanities offered at Emily’s Interiors provide the perfect space to do makeup and hair while allowing a place to store everything you used when you’re done. Other vanities we offer include a sink and plenty of drawers to store everything you need to keep in your bathroom.

All in all, storage is the backbone of a clean and comfortable home. If you feel that there’s no way you have space for more storage, give us a call and see what we can do! Here at Emily’s Interiors, anything is possible! To make an appointment with our designers, go to https://emilysinteriorsinc.com/contact/.

In honor of Emily’s Interiors Designers announcing their winners for the “Ugly Kitchen Contest,” (winners received a FREE 3D Design of their dream kitchens), we thought we would discuss timeless kitchen trends! These kitchen trends will be sure to withstand the ever-changing styles each year. No matter your design aesthetic, customizing these ticket items can guarantee a kitchen you’ll love time and again.

Classic White Kitchen

There’s a reason white kitchens are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean each one is the same. Depending how you dress it up, your white kitchen can look different than your neighbors. The main takeaway is that this style isn’t going anywhere!

Timeless Subway Tile

After many decades, subway tile is still here to stay. Subway tile works with any color, any kitchen, and any budget. You can even style it in any pattern. The way it is placed introduces personality that other more decorative tiles may automatically elicit, but subway tile is subtle and a survivor to temporary contenders.

Shaker Style Cabinets

Sometimes simplicity is key, especially when it comes to cabinetry. Shaker style cabinets are the staple for farmhouse kitchens, but when paired with your choice of hardware, they can seamlessly blend with any aesthetic. 

Whether or not shaker is the style for you, being sure to customize your cabinetry guarantees a cleaner counter top and an easier lifestyle. Encasing appliances as built-ins or creating pantry storage will be a kitchen trend that never ceases to fade. 

A Well-Lit Island

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens simply preparing food or entertaining guests. Since the function of the kitchen will always remain the same, the need for space will also stay in high demand. When it comes to incorporating a kitchen island, dividing ample room for additional workspace and barstool seating makes for a stunning multi-purpose item that’s only missing its spotlight. 

Pendant lighting paired with an island is a popular way to dress up your kitchen across the decades. As for what style to initially choose, that’s up to you. Better yet, lighting can be easily installed and replaced, so when you find a style you want to swap in, there’s nothing standing in the way of your perfect pendant.

Ways To Accessorize 

Building your kitchen to reflect who you are and what you like can feel like an impossible task, especially when trying to achieve a timeless design. A kitchen design, and design as a whole, is more than choosing a style of cabinets and items to fill a space. The best way to personalize your kitchen and still have it never go out of style is to accessorize with color and/or metals. 

To save on budget, an option for accessorizing is to match appliances seamlessly when foregoing built-ins. Stainless steel can compliment any aesthetic and hardware your heart desires. As for adding color, look to your towels, plates, and plants for a subtle but harmonious effect.

Need help designing your kitchen? Contact our designers today! For more current or future design advice and inspiration, follow us on our Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts.  

Kitchen in need of an update? We’re here to help! In our previous post we talked about the updates your space could use to get ready for the fall season, but why stop there? Today we sat down with Interior Designer, Erica, and asked her favorite cabinet styles and colors to share with clients who are looking to conquer their kitchen.

Her Go-To Brands

Pikes Peak Textured Melamine

“My first go to is the DesignCraft brand! Their full overlay style is very sleek and modern, making it perfect for anyone looking to achieve a “clean” look. Another incredible modern option by DesignCraft is Pike’s Peak textured melamine; it’s gorgeous in person and a great vanity style! As for door styles, I love the Eaton in colored thermofoil and the Bella door in a Wenge veneer. The best way to describe the Bella door Wenge veneer combination is very luxe looking, but even then, there are so many exotic veneers to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite!

In Medallion Gold line, you can also achieve a similar modern look by choosing a Bella door in quartersawn oak. In terms of weight, the Bella quartersawn is a heavier, substantial door but especially easy to keep clean as a full slab. I recommend this style to any client looking for an easy maintenance kitchen! For a less modern, more classic taste, the Dana Pointe and Park Place flat panel doors also in Gold line are my personal favorites. They’re beautiful and deliver a classic, timeless look that will survive changing tastes over the life of a kitchen.

Popular Client Styles

Park Place in Maple Sea Salt Classic

The most popular cabinet styles clients are consistently drawn to are in Medallion’s Silver line. They recently added two new door styles – Jackson and Walton – that I’ve been recommending to everyone. Both are a great transitional choice because of their upgraded, elegant shaker style doors and clean lines. These door styles outlast all design trends, and when it’s time for a change, replacing accessories and hardware are perfect, easy ways to keep the kitchen updated.

As for colors, white isn’t going anywhere! Out of Medallion’s recently launched whites, my favorite is Sea Salt, which is a nice, crisp white that looks amazing with any backsplash or countertop. In terms of pairing colors, duo toned kitchens are still very much in style, so if someone wants to incorporate color or a wood texture, I recommend doing the island in a fun finish! Blues are big right now, and we have so many great choices – Celeste, Gale, Dusk etc – but for me, I just love a gray kitchen, light or dark!”

Here to Help!

Let us know your favorite design styles and color combinations or stop by our showroom to find what speaks to you! We love helping clients make selections that are best for them and their home, it’s what we do!

As the leaves change, maybe it’s time your space changes a little too! To all the DIY lovers out there or homeowners who just want to get their foot in the door, we’re here to help save your money and your space. We’ve crafted a list of minor updates for your home that will be sure to have guests impressed!

Keep It Light and Bright

In today’s market, homeowners strive to find or create an open concept home. Good news is, anyone can make their space feel more open without taking out a wall! By keeping furnishings and decor light and bright, your home will instantly feel bigger. In a small space, avoid large, dark furniture items that could crowd the space. Replacing large items with multiple moderate to small chairs and tables will create a sense of greater space. If you have already mastered the trick of decorating small spaces with small furnishings but your room still feels suffocating, try your hand at upholstering! Don’t be afraid of a pop of color, but definitely keep in mind, light fabrics and walls can make a big impact in a small room!

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Here’s a fun designer tip you may not have known: Placing a mirror opposite a light source i.e. a window or fixture, reflects the same light back into the space making it feel that much bigger! Mirrors can make a big statement in any formal room and can also be a fun conversation piece!

Hardware is At The Heart of The Home

We’ve all heard the saying, “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” so why not treat it as such? Replacing old hardware is just the trick you need to update your kitchen. With a variety of options to choose from, your wallet won’t be too upset if you decide to update your hardware again a few years from now. We won’t judge you for keeping your kitchen trendy. Just don’t forget about the hardware in your bathroom too!

Add an Accent to Your Wall

Tired of all the walls looking the same? Just want a fun feature aside from your decor? An accent wall is the way to go! There are so many affordable and stylish wallpapers that are both easy to install and remove. By far, adding wallpaper to your space is the easiest no brainer! You’ll have a designer room with a cost you’ll love.

Be sure to share your home before and after pictures with us, and let us know what homeowner questions you have to be featured in our next blog!

You asked, we are here to answer! Lead Designer, Mike pulled together some frequently asked questions from clients. Have a question we missed? Let us know! We are happy to share all the facts about Emily’s Interiors, Interior Design services, cabinetry sales and more.

The Emily’s Interiors Team

Question: Do I need to hire a licensed architect for my remodel?

Answer: In most cases, no. At Emily’s interiors, we can self-perform the drawings needed to complete many remodeling projects, big or small. We have the capability in house to do any and all drawings required for additions, new construction, and renovations including kitchen, bath, and basement remodeling projects. That’s not to say we aren’t open to collaborating with architects if needed, we have been a part of many successful collaborations with local architects on projects as well.  The best advice I can give is to meet with the builder first, to decide whether bringing an architect on board will be necessary for your particular project.

Question: I’m a homeowner looking to re-do my kitchen. I know you sell kitchen cabinetry along with design services related to the cabinetry, can you please tell me a little more about your process and how it sets you apart from other companies?

Answer: We always take the time to design the entire space where the cabinets will be installed in 3D. With our 3D design software, we can accurately show what the room will look like once the cabinetry is installed, complete with your existing décor, colors, and finishes. We also take the time to draw out all of the cabinetry schematically, with our detailed cabinetry engineering drawings. These drawings really get into every single detail of every cabinet, and are invaluable to the installers that are putting everything in place. We try to answer all of the potential questions during the design process so that it minimizes questions or issues during the installation.

Question: I’m a Builder/Remodeler, can I buy cabinets from you? How can Emily’s Interiors help me?

Answer: Absolutely, you can purchase cabinets and building materials directly from us. We offer a discount program on cabinets and building materials for industry professionals. Additionally, we’d be happy to help you with our design services as well. Using the 3D designs and 2D schematic drawings described previously, we can help you walk your clients through the design process and help you help your customers bring their visions to life! We also have on staff interior designers, who can help you and your clients with material selections, colors, furniture, and décor.

Question: What do you sell besides cabinetry?

Answer: In addition to cabinetry, we sell prefinished hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, and cabinet hardware. We can also help out with selections through our preferred vendors for tile, stone, plumbing fixtures, appliances, etc.